Anvil Review – Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

Will we have an interview with Ellen C. Maze? Nope! She has all kinds of those flying around. She has  over 60 shining reviews at Amazon. Goodness, the woman is a smiling bottle of energy. Plus, she just couldn’t make it to my mountain. She is diligently writing book three in the Rabbit series. One of my favorite small presses even featured her in July. Have you heard of them? Marcher Lord Press? Where the Map Ends? If you must read about the gorgeous thing, follow the links.

Instead, today we will talk with Beth Rider and Michael Stone. They are the main characters of Rabbit. That is not possible you say? I have the anvil, imagination enough for five kids and I say it is. Want to take it outside or should we continue? That’s what I thought.

These interviews have taken place at two different times.  For lack of a better term I will label them Pre-Rabbit and Post-Rabbit. Michael, as Ellen says,  is somewhat of a cad in my first visit with him. See for yourself what an anvil and God can do with a rake in a very short time. Try to keep up and please watch out for those rabbit holes. I got stuck in one for a week and writing me out took some crafty literary acrobatics.

Ready! Set! Go! The Chase is on…

Beth Rider Pre-Rabbit

Diane- Thank you for joining us at NAF, Beth. Can you tell me a little about yourself? What makes you tick? And where did you get the idea to write two books about vampires?

Beth- Hi, Diane, and thank you for having me on your blog. I especially love the theme of the NAF. When I first had a notion to publish The Judging, I contacted Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness) on Facebook, seeking his blessing. He was very gracious and encouraging to me, and as a new author myself then, he had the power to bless or curse the stranger contacting him out of the blue. I also received personal blessings from Christian bestselling authors Eric Wilson (Facing the Giants) and Bill Myers (Voice of God). In helping me, these Godly men imitated Christ, and I will never forget their kindness. No matter how many books I sell, I never want to stop encouraging and exhorting aspiring writers to keep at it, persevere, and write what God tells you to write—even if it’s about vampires!

Let’s see, what about me? I am an only child, born in Prattville, Alabama (just north of Montgomery). My parents didn’t go to church, but when I was fourteen, I attended Vacation Bible School with my best friend and gave my life to Jesus that week. From then on, I became active in different churches around town, loving all of them, but not settling on any particular one. I haven’t found a church home, even today. I love them all, but I hope one day I walk into a church and the Holy Spirit will say, “Beth, you’re home.” Until then, I visit around and spread the love.

You see, here is what I believe about God: He is my Father, my Savior, my Master, and my King. He said that if I would dwell in the secret place of the Most High, He will protect me—I believe that! If I live under the shadow of the All Mighty, whom shall I fear? So, I take that faith into the world and try to share it at every book signing I attend. I want everyone to have that kind of trust – that no matter what, God has our back!

So back to how I came up with the idea for The Judging… At 21, I graduated with honors from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama, with a degree in Psychology. I thought I might go on for my masters, but after graduation, I had a dream that led to the creation of The Corescu Chronicles. After I woke up with the same dream, two nights in a row, at precisely 2:15 a.m., I figured God was trying to tell me something. I took a part-time job at Wal-Mart and wrote on this series every waking minute.

You asked how I came to write about vampires, and I tell you, no one was more surprised than I was. I wasn’t surprised that I’d write about bloodsuckers; no, I was surprised I’d be writing them for God and His people! When I finished The Judging, I was terrified to show it to anyone. I kept it to myself, and started writing Damascus Road. Another year ticked by and I finished Book Two, and I was still too afraid to show it to anyone. How can a Christian write about such an abomination? I wrote Books Three and Four, and by that time three years had passed, and I began submitting the first book to publishers. I was turned down 39 times. But the 40th query letter turned into a request for a book proposal, which turned into a request for the manuscript, which turned into the novel you hold in your hand. No one was more surprised than I was!

Diane- I like to dig deep when I have a writer in the hot seat. You can tell a lot about a person by how they answer a few simple questions. Is there anyone special in your life, Beth?

Beth- I wish I could say there was, but I’m single. I would love to fall in love, get married, and raise a family, but it hasn’t happened. I was engaged in college, but a few days before the wedding, I caught him in bed with another woman—yeah, stinks, right? It was terrible at the time, God gave me something to preoccupy my mind. He set me to writing redemptive vampire tales and I no longer bothered with romance. I get asked out a lot, but…nah. I will tell you my idea of the perfect man. I like a man to be tall and sturdily built, so I would feel safe in his arms. I don’t pay much attention if he’s classically handsome or not, I just want him to make me laugh and hold me when I cry. Sappy, huh? Well, I’m being honest! Nonetheless, I have no doubt in my mind that God has someone picked out for me; I just need to wait until He drops him into my lap. Gee, I hope he’s tall <wink>.

Diane- It has been an absolute pleasure visiting with you, Beth. Please come back anytime. Next time I will make cheesecake. Oh don’t worry about that anvil. I keep it around for nostalgia. My good friend, David James  gave it to me as a present.
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About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

22 comments on “Anvil Review – Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

  1. Nicely done, Diane! I love the pre and post interviews with Beth and Michael!

    • Thanks, George! Ellen and I had a blast doing this interview. She is a very talented lady and it was an honor to work with her. 😀

  2. Really, really good read, Lady Di. You did the author proud in giving just enough to intrigue the reader. Very good indeed.

  3. Good review, Diane! (Don’t need to enter me in drawing, just wanted to give you a pat on the back.) Ellen’s book is great. Check it out everyone!

  4. Great review and interview, Diane! I’ll be reading this for sure. 😉

  5. My dearest daughter,
    Very strange but, very cute and funny. I do want to read the book.

  6. Wow– this is the most unique interview I have ever done! What a great idea Diane!! Considering how crass Michael was in the Pre- interview, I’m glad you didn’t interview Jack Dawn or Abroghia!
    Thank you for letting me be on your wonderful blog 🙂
    Hugs in Messiah,
    ellen c maze

    • As I pointed out on Facebook, the idea of doing interviews with the characters of the books we love was Keven Newsome’s idea. I am just fortunate enough to be surrounded by brilliant people. 😀

  7. Good Job, Enjoyable read!

  8. I’ve read the Rabbit book and it is a great read!! I highly reccomend it. Ellen is a great person also. She reminds me of the Christian Stephen King. 🙂

    Our winners are Victoria Gaines and Vicki Dehann. Congratulations. ;D

  10. Because one of my original winners did not contact me, I had to have Peyton draw another name. The new winner of a signed copy of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is our very own Ren Black. If Ren does not contact me withing 24 hours, I will draw another name.

  11. this was a delightful and fresh interview series. Diane, Ellen, you two crack me up. Brilliant minds. . . You shoudl think about co-writing a book together. Lots of fun, this was. 😀

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